Andy Irons' Poetic Fury

Irons won a third title in 2004, while Slater failed to win a single event. Surfing magazine at that point ran a cover story titled “Generation Now,” illustrated with a portrait of Irons and seven other top pros—with Slater conspicuously missing. It was exactly what Kelly needed.

After three years of voluntary semi-retirement, Kelly Slater found that life outside the pro tour could be a little rough. His band recorded a CD with T-Bone Burnett as producer, but the album bombed. Pamela Andersen dumped him for ex-husband Tommy Lee, then came back for Round Two, and dumped him again for a Calvin Klein underwear model—with Slater himself getting the news, along with everybody e...

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